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Pupil Premium

Pupil Premium (PP) is an allocation of additional Government funding provided to schools to support specific groups of children who may be vulnerable to underachievement.  These include pupils who currently receive or have been entitled to free school meals in the last 6 years (FSM/FSM6); those looked after by the Local Authority (LAC) and children of Armed Services personnel; in 2015/16, a new Early Years Pupil Premium Grant was introduced.


Schools are best placed to assess what additional provision should be made for the individual pupils for whom they have responsibility and are held accountable for the decisions they make as to how the Pupil Premium allocation is spent and the impact it has had for pupils. 


Key Principles for Backworth Park:

  • We ensure that teaching and learning opportunities meets the needs of all of our pupils and that appropriate provision is made for pupils who may belong to vulnerable groups. This includes ensuring that the needs of socially disadvantaged pupils are adequately assessed and addressed.
  • In making provision for socially disadvantaged pupils, we recognise that not all pupils who receive Free School Meals will be socially disadvantaged.
  • We also recognise that not all pupils who are socially disadvantaged are registered or qualify for Free School Meals.  We reserve the right to allocate the Pupil Premium funding to support any pupil, or groups of pupils, who the school has legitimately identified as being socially disadvantaged.
  • Pupil Premium funding is allocated following a needs analysis which will identify priority groups or individuals.  Limited funding and resources means that not all children receiving Free School Meals will be in receipt of interventions at one time.



At Backworth Park Primary, Pupil Premium funding is used in a variety of ways to help to target appropriate support at identified individuals and groups of pupils to overcome any barriers to learning, including improving attendance, and to look to narrow the gap to improve attainment.  It is also used to provide enrichment activities to enhance curriculum provision for all,  including those pupils eligible for Pupil Premium funding. 


Allocations: In 2014/15, Backworth Park Primary was allocated £74,388; in 2015/16 the allocation was £72,900 with £1,185 additional Early Years Funding; in 2016/17 the allocation was £70,860 with £1, 916 additional Early Years Funding.  The funding for 2017-18 was £69,240 with an additional £572.40 from April.


Please see the Pupil Premium Strategy Statement 2017/18 below: 

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